Keeping it going with the Best of Films.
In my opinion, the world of Movies, just like almost all other forms of art, has lost much more than it has gained since the computer became an intregal part of the process. There have been some great, truly amazing films done with the help of computers but…a lot of nonsense gave up the story for the sake of special effects and CGI computer graphics.
Lord of the Rings.
One film(s) that truly mastered the integration of effects and story was Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’
(however, in my armchair, back seat driver director’s cut, Liv Tyler and ever scene she is in gets left on the editing room floor)
The Count of Monte Cristo
Very few films based on a well know (or not so well known) piece of literature actually get it right. My only complaint again was the romantic element. The Count doesn’t get the girl in the written version but Hollywood just couldn’t accept that.
While the original film is the best of the bunch, all of the series is spectacular film making. Stallone achieved with the first Rocky something that most can only dream of … numerous Oscars for an (almost) first time actor. Written by the man himself, Stallone made a film which relied on
almost no set, no effects and a cast that while recognizable, where not A list actors. Finishing with the final installment Rocky Balboa which was a
treat for anyone who loved the series. INSPIRATIONAL.
The Academy award winning ‘Crazy Heart’ with Jeff Bridges isn’t half the film as Tender Mercies, the film it basically copies. I still can’t understand why Robert Duvall, who gives an amazing performance here, bothered to get involved in the rip-off.
The Matrix Trilogy
Ok. The first film was genius. So much so that I consider it as important a work as 1984 in convincing the younger generations just how social engineering created the societies we live in today. Sadly, the regenerated, regurgitated, revoluction and rematch or reload or whatever parts 2 and 3 were so horribly bad and the Trinity / Neo relationship so LAME that this series just lost all momentum. Effects beat out story.
The Batman / Dark Knight Trilogy.
This is not Batman. This is overdone, overblown, drawn out and inflated. While the Tim Burton / Michael Keaton franchise that ended with the ludicrous George Clooney installment of Batman was just badly done, it was for all purposes a bunch of comic book movies. The DK series bored from the get go with over-long films that took themselves much too serious. Christain Bale and his Darth Vader interpretation of Batman was a reboot for….those who need it dumbed down and who never liked comics in the first place.
Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace
Oh, my god. This was by far the worst film I’ve ever had the unfortunate experience of getting ramped about. With all the hoopla about the revisted first trilogy after the BOOM that was the Star Wars phenom in my childhood, this was just intolerable crap. There is no excuse for nor forgiveness for Ja Ja Binks. SHITE.
Aside from the real star of this flic (the ship itself) the only thing that could have possibly redeemed this dog would have been if they had sunk Celine Dion to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico (where it was filmed)
A couple of other dishonorable mentions have to be the third installments of the Spiderman and X-Men franchises. What were they thinking (smoking)?
As you can see across the board, my tastes have little or nothing to do with the millions made… in other words the acceptance by the majority of the population is a pretty good indication that something stinks. But hey, that’s just me.
Going to do the best / worst of TV in the coming days.
David Gordon Burke